Bad Weld



Sometimes welding should be left to those more skilled in its practice. I don’t think I would trust this repair that was made to the rudder pedal bars in an RV.

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Vic Syracuse
Vic is a fixed-wing and helicopter commercial pilot, CFII with ASMEL/ASES ratings, an A&P/IA, DAR, and EAA technical advisor and flight counselor. Passionately involved in aviation for over 40 years, he has built 11 aircraft and logged over 10,000 hours in 72 different kinds of aircraft. Vic volunteers as a Young Eagle pilot, has his own sport aviation business called Base Leg Aviation, and has written two books on aircraft prebuy and condition inspections.


  1. I would grind it down and break the plate off and reweld with a new bead. That looks like spot gas welding with a coat hanger. I would accept a brazing job on that but a good weld is preferred

  2. I cannot believe that even the most inexperienced builder could not recognise a dangerous weld when they see one.
    Here a weld like that is known as “Spoggy Shit” (Spoggy – a small Australian bird)

    I agree with Bruce. Grind it all off and get an experienced welder to reweld it.


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